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On this show we'll talk about tech - software engineering, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning - government contracting, the business of business, money, and what really drives us.

Outspoken with Shana Cosgrove Shana Cosgrove

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

On this show we'll talk about tech - software engineering, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning - government contracting, the business of business, money, and what really drives us.

    For the Back of the Room: Robb Wong, CEO of Fedsolve, President of The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, and Industry Leader for Growth Strategies at the SBA and Small Business Government Contracts.

    For the Back of the Room: Robb Wong, CEO of Fedsolve, President of The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, and Industry Leader for Growth Strategies at the SBA and Small Business Government Contracts.

    Entrepreneurship, Standing Out, and Empowering Small Businesses.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Robb Wong, CEO and Founder of Fedsolve. Robb discusses his lifelong entrepreneurial drive starting at 11 years old, stringing tennis rackets with his brother, and holding 7 part-time jobs in college. He also talks about his email hack to avoid spam and whether or not he feels like a Government Contracting Celebrity. Robb’s experience with HUBZone and the SBA has had a major impact on small businesses in America, and he discusses that path and the potential effect of recent developments. Lastly, Robb recommends a book that you may not have read in a while!
    QUOTES
    “I would say this about leadership in general. I practice this. I try to practice this at home. What I say to my daughter is, I'm trying to be the dad that you expect me to be, not the dad that I want to be. And so, I say that to my wife about me trying to be a husband. And I tried to apply that to SBA. I tried to be the type of leader that other people expected me to be, not the person that I wanted to be.” - Robb Wong [26:59]
    “What's going to happen is if you continue to try to help people, they're going to come to you and they're going to say, Shana, I know this isn't what NYLA does, but we have this other problem. And if you answer and honestly say, listen, I'm not the expert in that, but I can figure it out. That's how you, that's how you evolve, that’s how you change as a company. And you have to be open for change.” - Robb Wong [50:50]
    “I love helping small businesses who can help our government because I think it makes for a stronger government. And I devoted my life to government service. I was inside, I was outside. I was inside again, now I'm outside, but I think if we have a strong government then we have a strong country.” - Robb Wong [54:00]


    TIMESTAMPS
    [00:04] Intro
    [02:12] Meet Robb Wong
    [04:09] Robb’s College Experience
    [05:22] Ursinus College
    [07:57] Born an Entrepreneur
    [12:52] Robb’s Email Address Hack
    [15:02] Robb’s Experience with Race-Based Assumptions
    [20:37] The Advantages of Living in America
    [22:34] Does Robb feel like a Government Contracting Celebrity?
    [25:43] Robb’s Experience with HUBZone and the SBA
    [34:44] Recent Developments with the SBA and Category Management
    [37:38] It Comes Down to Business Development
    [41:47] Lowest Price Technically Acceptable
    [45:00] Role of the Contracting Officer
    [48:32] The Personal Aspect of Government Contracting
    [50:03] Advice Robb Would Give to his Younger Self
    [51:20] Robb’s Interest in Curious George
    [51:53] Robb’s Surprising Fact
    [54:44] Outro


    RESOURCES
    https://www.ursinus.edu/ (Ursinus College)
    https://www.georgetown.edu/ (Georgetown University)
    https://www.nih.gov/ (National Institutes of Health)
    https://www.gwu.edu/ (The George Washington University)
    https://www.wikihow.com/String-a-Tennis-Racquet (How to String a Tennis Racket)
    https://www.berkeley.edu/ (University of Berkeley, California)
    https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/8a-business-development-program (8(a) Business Development Program)
    https://hubzonecouncil.org/National-HUBZone-Conference (National HUBZone Conference)
    https://www.gsa.gov/buying-selling/category-management#:~:text=Category%20Management%20is%20the%20practice,and%20effectiveness%20of%20acquisition%20activities. (Category Management)
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-biden/ (President Joe Biden)
    https://discover.dtic.mil/section-809-panel/ (Section 809 Panel)
    https://www.va.gov/osdbu/verification/ (Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) Program)
    https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-assistance-programs (Information on SDVOSBs from the SBA)
    https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/joint-ventures (Joint Ventures)...

    • 55 min
    Year in Review

    Year in Review

    Your quick, to the point, podcast

    • 13 min
    For the Back of the Room: Roxanne Wood, President and CEO at Boeing Intelligence & Analytics.

    For the Back of the Room: Roxanne Wood, President and CEO at Boeing Intelligence & Analytics.

    Leadership, Tenacity, and Staying Curious.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Roxanne Wood, President and CEO at Boeing Intelligence and Analytics. Roxanne discusses her experience becoming CEO and why we should all lean into leadership roles. She also explains the path that she took to rise up the ranks, focusing on her commitment to complete the task by learning from those around her. Roxanne has always been fearless when taking on new challenges, and she discusses everything from computer science to riding horses to playing music. Lastly, Roxanne tells us where she hides her power tools - it’s not where you’d expect!
    QUOTES
    “They told me, ‘give that up you’ll never get finished, you don’t come from smart stock.’ I was like alright, that is really a game on for me.” - Roxanne Wood [14:20]
    “I think everybody is your mentor - everybody’s your safety net, you’re their safety net, everybody is your mentor. You take the good pieces from everybody that you meet, and you make that part of your own.” - Roxanne Wood [25:59]
    “I think that everybody can do everything. I think when people say ‘oh I can’t do that, I’m not flexible enough’ - baloney! You can do anything that you want to do as a person. You just gotta do it.” - Roxanne Wood [44:13]


    TIMESTAMPS
    [00:04] Intro
    [01:53] Meet Roxanne Wood
    [03:07] What Boeing Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) encompasses
    [05:27] How Roxanne Became CEO
    [07:09] Searching for Team Members
    [08:00] Main Differences as CEO
    [11:43] Should you Avoid Leadership Roles?
    [13:45] Why Roxanne Majored in Computer Science
    [17:20] Working After College
    [19:10] Living in Maryland
    [22:28] Working at Lockheed Martin
    [24:54] What is the Secret to Climbing the Ranks?
    [27:58] Struggles that Roxanne Pushed Through
    [31:34] Shana’s First Time Meeting Roxanne
    [36:12] Advice for People Starting Out
    [37:55] Impactful Books
    [39:39] Roxanne’s Surprising Fact
    [40:58] What’s Next for Roxanne
    [42:15] Roxanne’s Fashion
    [43:44] Riding Horses and Playing Music
    [45:48] Outro


    RESOURCES
    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/w/whollyownedsubsidiary.asp (Wholly Owned Subsidiary)
    https://www.socom.mil/ (United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM))
    https://www.dia.mil/ (Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA))
    https://www.nga.mil/ (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA))
    https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us (Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI))
    https://www.dhs.gov/ (Department of Homeland Security (DHS))
    https://www.energy.gov/ (Department of Energy (DOE))
    https://slack.com/ (Slack)
    https://www.towson.edu/ (Towson University)
    https://www.ccbcmd.edu/About-CCBC/Locations/CCBC-Catonsville.aspx (CCBC Catonsville Campus)
    https://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/assembly-language.asp (Assembly Language)
    https://fortran-lang.org/ (Fortran Programming Language)
    https://www.britannica.com/technology/Pascal-computer-language (Pascal Computer Language)
    https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/security/glossary/what-is-zero-trust/ (Zero Trust)
    https://www.boeing.com/defense/b-1b-bomber/ (B-1B Lancer)
    https://www.military.com/equipment/m1a2-abrams-main-battle-tank (M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank)
    https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/index.html (Lockheed Martin Corporation)
    https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104492/c-5m-super-galaxy/ (C-5M Super Galaxy)
    https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104506/f-22-raptor/ (F-22 Raptor)
    https://www.java.com/ (Java Programming Language)
    https://livebaltimore.com/neighborhoods/westport/ (Westport, Maryland)
    http://places.baltimoreheritage.org/structure/hanover-street-bridge/ (Hanover Street Bridge (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge))
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariarosemarinelli/ (Maria Marinelli)
    https://eblingroup.com/products/the-next-level/ (The Next Level by Scott Eblin)
    https://www.amazon.com/Nice-Girls-Dont-Corner-Office/dp/1455546046 (Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner...

    • 46 min
    5 Qualities of a Leader

    5 Qualities of a Leader

    Your quick, to the point, podcast

    • 10 min
    For the Back of the Room: J'aime Drayton and Scott Kashnow, Director and President of The Baltimore Family Alliance.

    For the Back of the Room: J'aime Drayton and Scott Kashnow, Director and President of The Baltimore Family Alliance.

    Family, Education, and City-Living.In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to J'aime Drayton, Executive Director of Baltimore Family Alliance and Scott Kashnow, the President of the board. They explain the ins and outs of leading a non-profit and the significance of keeping families in Baltimore. They discuss how the non-profit came to be and how the three board members view changes in the city. Scott and J’aime walk us through many of the programs Baltimore Family Alliance offers, including Adopt-A-Family and Playground Crawl. Tune in until the end to find out how you can get involved!
    QUOTES
    “I work for a non-profit! So I literally get paid to serve families. Which is unique… I actually get to serve people, so if people are pissed, I’m not having a good day.” - J'aime Drayton [03:20]
    “We’re coming together as families that are committed to great schools, safe streets, and great neighborhoods. And all of [that] starts with people.” - J'aime Drayton [06:21]
    “Managing volunteers is probably the hardest thing I think I’ve ever done. Learning how to do that has been really rewarding for me, personally. It’s extraordinary to me how many people are actually willing to give of themselves so much time and so much effort.” - Scott Kashnow [34:48]
    “We are the face of families, but we don’t speak for all families. We want families to speak for themselves.” - Scott Kashnow [45:57]


    TIMESTAMPS
    [00:04] Intro
    [01:45] Meet J'aime
    [03:45] Meet Scott
    [04:17] Scott’s IT Stack
    [05:55] The Baltimore Family Alliance
    [08:18] Scott’s Role at Baltimore Family Alliance
    [09:37] The Origin of Baltimore Family Alliance
    [14:15] The Main Thrusts of Baltimore Family Alliance
    [15:49] Walkability and “The Black Butterfly”
    [18:56] Programs of Baltimore Family Alliance
    [21:24] Naming the Non-Profit
    [23:47] Living in a City
    [26:25] Systemic Racism and Poverty
    [27:37] Baltimore Family Alliance Offerings
    [29:54] Hosting the School Fair
    [32:57] Playground Crawl
    [34:18] Being the President of a Non-Profit
    [35:28] Adopt-A-Family and Starting a Family in Baltimore
    [43:28] School Funding and Pushing Change
    [50:00] Inspiring Reads
    [52:28] How You Can Help
    [53:55] Outro



    RESOURCES
    https://www.baltimorecitycollege.us/ (The Baltimore City College)
    https://www.ednorgardenslakeside.org/ (Ednor Gardens - Lakeside)
    https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/schools/44 (Montebello Elementary/Middle School)
    https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/schools/76 (Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School)
    https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/ (.NET Core)
    https://www.salesforce.com/ (Salesforce)
    https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/ (Microsoft Dynamics)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shariccaboldon (Sharicca Boldon)
    https://www.umbiopark.com/ (University of Maryland BioPark)
    https://www.facebook.com/ (Facebook)
    https://www.target.com/ (Target)
    https://crossstmarket.com/ (Cross Street Market)
    https://www.harristeeter.com/ (Harris Teeter)
    https://www.fourseasons.com/ (Four Seasons)
    https://ncrc.org/the-black-butterfly/ (The Black Butterfly)
    https://baltimorecityparks.com/patterson-park-park-profile/ (Patterson Park)
    https://www.creativealliance.org/signature-events/great-halloween-lantern-parade-and-festival (The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/christie-getman-26150a21/ (Christie Getman)
    https://www.jhu.edu/ (Johns Hopkins University)
    https://www.tesla.com/ (Tesla)
    https://wftda.com/wftda-leagues/charm-city-roller-girls/ (Charm City Roller Girls)
    https://www.wypr.org/show/on-the-record/2017-09-15/more-than-a-marching-band-west-baltimore-christian-warriors (The Christian Warriors)
    https://www.avam.org/ (American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM))
    https://www.afyabaltimore.org/tunbridge (Tunbridge Public Charter School)
    https://hha47.org/ (Hampstead Hill Academy)
    http://www.pppcs.org/ (Patterson Park Public Charter School)...

    • 54 min
    Agile Development

    Agile Development

    Your quick, to the point, podcast

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

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Stimulating!

Shana is able to develop a stimulating, fun conversation during every interview!

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Inspired!

Shana is a gifted conversationalist with an enviable talent for inspiring the best in her peers. I enjoy listening to what motivates her guests to pursue their chosen paths to personal and professional fulfillment.

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Great Insights

I loved your episode with Leandra. Great job probing with the hard questions. Thank you for shining a light on successful government contracting. I love learning from leaders in the industry.